A photo capturing a family ‘s fight against their 5-year-old daughter’s cancer is breaking hearts around the country.
Braylynn Lawhon, 5, was diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), the most deadly form of brain cancer, in December, according to the Daily Advertiser.
Last week, the Florida family announced that they had raised enough money for a round of an experimental treatment in Mexico, which runs about $30,000 per session.
Shortly afterward, Braylynn’s condition worsened. Doctors discovered a bleed in her tumor, and she’s expected to pass away soon.
On Jan. 7, mom Ally Parker wrote on Facebook that the family was saying their final goodbyes to Braylynn.
Today is the day…
Today will be the worst day of my life so far, and in less than a week, I will have a day that is even more terrible.
Today is the day that everyone will have to say their final goodbyes, to a FIVE year old. This should never happen to anyone. There is no one in this world who is evil enough to deserve to feel what I am currently feeling. My baby girl deserves to live a full, happy life, and so does every other child who has had to face DIPG.
We have to put an end to this. No more kids can get this disease and be allowed to die from it. We HAVE to find a cure, not a damn band aid. These kids deserve so much more than that, someday soon someone needs to find out what that cure is.
Later that day, Parker posted a heartbreaking image of Braylynn’s grandfather, Sean Peterson, sitting by her bed, crying. Peterson suffers from ALS.
According to another post that Parker shared on her Facebook page early Thursday morning, the family has found a doctor who wants to help them.
“The possibility of [Braylynn’s] death is still very likely, but once again, we have been shown a glimmer of hope,” wrote Parker. “I couldn’t be more proud of my Braylynn, she’s always been a tough kid but I severely underestimated her strength. I will never make that mistake again.”